The short story I have been analysing is “May the Best Man Win” written by Kit de Waal. The novelle begins in medias res with the arrival of four men at a pub, it takes place in a pub called The Carpenter’s Arms in Birmingham in England.

Patti and Eddie flirts through the evening and it seems like they like each other. The setting is a pub in Birmingham, in England, called The Carpenters Arms.

The event take place on a Saturday night in December 1981.

The social setting includes racial conflicts. My analyse of the short story shows that it follows a linear, chronological plot structure.

The main characters in the story are Patti and Eddie. Eddie is very friendly which makes a good impression on people “The King walked round the bar with his hand held out.

‘Eddie Lovett, mate.’” (Site 4 line 141-142) so the well-known clients at the bar accepted Eddie pretty fast. The other characters in the story are the other men at the pub.

First the wellknown clients appear distrustful towards Eddie and his three friends, because of the racial difference between them and the well-known clients.

Eddie is open and very friendly against these guys, so they end up accepting him, and then they all watch and discuss the boxing fight.

The main character in the short story is Patti Rooney. She is a 20-year- old woman. She works as a bartender in a pub in Birmingham.

She has a boyfriend named Fitz.” Patti’s boyfriend Fitz was the only one still making a noise.” (Site 1 line 20-21) Together they have a six-year-old son named Damien.

Patti had a Catholic family but at a young age was she kicked out because of the relationship between her and her black man Fitz.